In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to do something different. Yeap, an entire article about Men. Many think of Father’s day as a day to recognize just that – a Father. But I’m of the mindset that it isn’t just a Father that deserves recognition. Frequently, a great Father has help from others: Grandfathers, Uncles, Brothers, Step-Fathers, and male friends. To all of you, I wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!
But my focus today, is to also recognize Men Who Quilt. After all, men who quilt definitely contribute to nurturing, inspiring and bringing happiness to others. And, given I frequently here from a male quilter that they feel like there are not many men who quilt, I wanted to share insights on those men that do quilt and really make a difference to our wonderful world of quilting!
There are actually more wonderful male quilters than many may realize, and a good number of them have made a significant contribution to our world of quilting. While I can’t cover insights on all of them, I do want to increase awareness that there are many talented guys out there. So, here goes my insights on some fantastic male quilters:
Al Hutchins, of Quilt Artistry Studio, is an excellent long arm quilter and teacher. Al and his talented wife, Barbara, actually moved their long arm quilting business from So. Cal. to Fayetteville, NC to be able to be closer to their kids and grandkids. While SewCalGal misses having them in So. Cal. she is delighted to know they are closer to their family, and have expanded their business to include instructional DVDs, and are frequently giving training at quilt shows and workshops. SewCalGal definitely recommends Al for any long arm quilting service, teaching, or presentation. Here is one of the many quilts that Al quilted for me.
Tim the CFO of AccuQuilt has certainly made a difference in the world of quilting, has “experience” quilting, and definitely is trying to recruit more men to become quilters. You may have seen one of his videos.
Ryan Walsh (I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts) is from the Catskill Mountains, New York. A father of two boys, happily married, and loves to quilt!
Mark Lipinski is a well known quilter with quilts and designs that reflect his personality! Let me just say that they both stand out in a crowd! He is booked solid teaching and lecturing, to such I’m not sure how he finds time to design and/or quilt. But somehow this guy seems to manage it all!
Scott Hansen (Blue Nickel Studios) is a talented quilter and designer. He is also married and has 3 children. One of his patterns is available for free at Free Spirit Fabric and on his website. And, Scott is a quilter that enjoys making and trading ATCs.
John (Quilt Dad) is a 35 year old happily married, father of three, who loves to quilt. He is very talented and enjoys modern quilt designs. I’d also love to make a quilt using his design called “Off the Grid” that he made for Moda Bake Shop.
Brian is very talented and was recently recognized on High Plains Quilting for winning an award with his beautiful quilt. While this is a spectacular quilt, what is even more fantastic is this was part of a special Quilt Exhibit called ” “Wranglers Among Us”, and it was the 10th exhibit of this nature! It was on exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum until this past May lst. Don’t you just love those Wranglers in Golden, Colorado? I sure would have enjoyed visiting this exhibit and seeing all the beautiful quilts made by “Wranglers”. This would certainly make for a fun trip next year!
Mark L. Sherman is an award winning quilter, teacher, and lecturer.
Kaffee Fasset is a world renown quilter, author, and fabric designer.
Designer, David Strom, coordinated volunteers to make this beautiful charity quilt. For more info on this charity quilt check out: http://www.westpascoquilters.org/charityquilt2010.htm
Greg (Flat Out Quilting) lives in the flatlands of Kansas and enjoys quilting. He is very talented and I “expect” to see Greg winning awards at the National level, very soon. Yes, I have high expectations to Greg. To clarify, SewCalGal sends this note special note to Greg….don’t give up, you are very talented. While you may view you are in the flatlands, and a fish out of water, follow your heart and continue to create!
Michael James is a world renowned quilter, with a unique style. His line of fabrics are frequently used to make beautiful quilts and clothes.
Gene Black (an Alabama Artist) is a talented quilter, who also has a fun blog. I think also anticipate seeing Gene winning awards at major quilt shows, very soon!
Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Designs is definitely a guy to watch. He is only 17 years old and has already started his own business, designing patterns, which were shown at Quilt Market! And, he has been featured on Moda Bakeshop.
I’m confident there are more Men who Quilt than I’ve identified in this post. As such, I do hope you’ll feel free to add comments on any guy you know who quilts, that you’d like to share insights on. As well, as feel free to add a comment if you want to share any insights on the guys I’ve shared insights about.
To all the Men who Quilt, I want to recognize you for your contributions in the world of quilting. While you may not view you have done much, even if you are new to quilting, you are an inspiration to others. I do hope all of us will continue to recognize any man who quilts, to encourage them, as well as encourage future male quilters.
Happy Father’s Day and, from my perspective, Happy Male Quilter’s Day! Thank you for being a guy that quilts!